Super Rugby Pacific: Clayton McMillan has more to give Chiefs, New Zealand with new contract

By his own admission, Clayton McMillan is no spring chicken, but feels he still has plenty more to give on these shores - even if that means holding off on pursuing other opportunities.

McMillan has re-signed as Chiefs coach until the end of 2026, but won't remain as Māori All Blacks mentor.

However, he has no desire to go anywhere else yet.

"I really didn't see any other need to be looking elsewhere," he said. "I think every coach and every player entertains the idea of heading overseas at some stage, but right here and now, it's just not for me.

The Super Rugby Pacific tabletopping coach has wasted little time contemplating his future and recommitting to the Chiefs shows that.

While he did have another year to run on his contract, McMillan wanted long-term certainty, not just for himself, but his players too.

"Making a commitment is a signal to them that I'm all in. If they want to be part of the ride, they know what it's going to look like."

That commitment is welcomed by his players too.

"He's an awesome coach," said lock Brodie Retallick. "He knows how to create a great environment.

"The boys know where they stand with him and what he wants."

McMillan has won 73 percent of games, since taking over a struggling side in 2021.

That hunger at home is a big reason for staying, rather than looking at overseas opportunities or higher aspirations for now.

"If you do really well, then potentially you give yourself options, but for here and now, it's just head down and backside up," he said.

Clayton McMillan.
Clayton McMillan. Photo credit: Photosport

McMillan believes All Blacks coach-in-waiting Scott Robertson is a prime example of what can happen, if you bide your time.

"As much as he probably wanted the job a few years ago, he probably feels more ready now, having been through what he's been through, and he's got to where he wants to get to."

Luckily for McMillan, he has plenty more time to decide where it is that he wants to get to.

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